Martin Odegaard’s Real Madrid career is in danger of failing before it’s even really begun because of his poor attitude.
Spanish newspaper AS understand that the 16-year-old, one of the hottest prospects in world football, doesn’t bother interacting with his Castilla teammates and is only interested in being alongside the club’s star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Furthermore, it’s also alleged that Odegaard refuses to train with the reserves and only joins in with training sessions on the eve of the team’s matches.
Zidane has dropped Odegaard
Odegaard - who snubbed potential moves to Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and a host of other top European clubs in order to sign for Real Madrid in January - hasn’t played a single minute of Castilla’s previous two games.
It’s understood that the team’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has accepted it’s in Castilla’s best interests to leave the Norway international on the subs’ bench because he doesn’t - or cannot - adapt his game to suit his teammates.
“Backroom staff feel that with Odegaard in the side, Castilla play more like a team of 10 than 11 because the rest of the team can never find him out when the team is moving forward, and recently they stopped attempting to pick him out,” AS claim. “It’s not so much resentment on behalf of the Castilla team but more a case of the Norwegian continually making the wrong choice.”
Odegaard's Real Madrid future in doubt?
By refusing to train, unless it’s on the eve of a match, Odegaard has failed to strike up a rapport with his Real Madrid Castilla teammates - and unless his attitude changes he will continue to spend time on the bench.
This will, in turn, seriously hinder his chances of forcing his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. Real Madrid thrashed Granada 9-1 on Sunday, but Odegaard was not even considered for the first-team bench, presumably because of his failure to shine under Zidane in the reserves.
Zidane expected to replace Ancelotti
Zidane reportedly played an instrumental role in convincing Odegaard to join Los Blancos, while the French legend is also being touted to replace Ancelotti at the Bernabeu as early as next season.
So unless Odegaard begins to commit himself to Real Madrid Castilla it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that his move to the Bernabeu could end earlier than expected.
Odegaard and his father are reportedly unhappy that a clause in the teenager’s contract is not being adhered to.
Real Madrid must, according to the clause, ensure Odegaard trains with the senior squad five days a week - but the reigning European champions now believe it’s in the attacking midfielder’s best interests if he spends a little more time with the reserves and other players his age.
“On three occasions, Castilla’s coaching staff have called meetings with the player and his parent to explain the situation and advice him to attend Castilla’s training sessions on a more regular basis.” AS add. “Yet neither Odegaard nor his father seem to realise that changing tack and taking the advice they’ve been given on board is the right thing to do as the teenager’s progress with Castilla constitutes an essential part of his own development.”
Odegaard affected by the hype
It seems the hype surrounding Odegaard over the past 12 months may have affected both the player and his father.
Odegaard is still learning his trade and is nowhere near the finished article - something Real Madrid clearly acknowledge.
A stalemate now appears to exist between Odegaard, his father and Real Madrid - and it means it could be some time before the youngster finally makes his La Liga debut.
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